Conversations with a Mathematician: Math, Art, Science and the Limits of Reason / Edition 1

Conversations with a Mathematician: Math, Art, Science and the Limits of Reason / Edition 1

by Gregory J. Chaitin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1852335491

ISBN-13: 9781852335496

Pub. Date: 11/14/2002

Publisher: Springer London

The author, G. J. Chaitin, shows that God plays dice not only in quantum mechanics but also in the foundations of mathematics. According to Chaitin there exist mathematical facts that are true for no reason. This fascinating and provocative text contains a collection of his most wide-ranging and non-technical lectures and interviews. It will be of interest to

Overview

The author, G. J. Chaitin, shows that God plays dice not only in quantum mechanics but also in the foundations of mathematics. According to Chaitin there exist mathematical facts that are true for no reason. This fascinating and provocative text contains a collection of his most wide-ranging and non-technical lectures and interviews. It will be of interest to anyone concerned with the philosophy of mathematics, the similarities and differences between physics and mathematics, and mathematics as art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852335496
Publisher:
Springer London
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Edition description:
1st ed. 2002. Corr. 2nd printing 2002
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

A Century of Controversy over the foundations of mathematics.- How to be a mathematician.- The creative life: science vs art.- Algorithmic information theory and the foundations of mathematics.- Randomness in arithmetic.- The reason for my life.- Undecidability and randomness in pure mathematics.- Math, science and fantasy.- Sensual mathematics.- Final thoughts.

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